731 foreigners, 3,933 adults and 22,928 students.
The National Commission for Museums and Monuments in Lagos State recorded 27,592 visitors in the first half of 2013, up from 23,550 visitors it recorded in the first half of 2012.
The Head of Education Department of the commission, Emmanuel Omotosho, said this in an interview on Monday in Lagos.
Mr. Omotosho said that the visitors comprised 731 foreigners, 3,933 adults and 22,928 students.
“Students’ are our major visitors. We experienced an improvement in patronage by foreigners this period compared to the corresponding period in 2012,” Mr. Omotosho said.
He said that the foreigners appreciated artworks in the museum and showed interest in patronising Nigerian artists.
“More artifacts have been brought to the museum for exhibition, representing an improvement over what we had in 2012,” he said.
He said that the commission had been working closely with stakeholders, investors and corporate bodies to upgrade the museum to international standards.
Mr. Omotosho said that the Ford Foundation had shown interest in partnering with the commission to develop the museum.
“The idea is to boost patronage and make the museum more befitting for relaxation and enjoyment,” Mr. Omotosho said.
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